By Macy Hagler, Chapter Reporter
The Kuna FFA Chapter attended the State Leadership Convention last week and brought home numerous awards. The Horse Evaluation Team, including Cassie Curtis, Jessica Fisher, Aubrey Greive, and Dina Hopson evaluated the quality of horses and gave oral reasons to earn twelfth place overall. The Nursery/Landscape CDE, with participants Logan Anderson, Ben Doan, Rachel Gaige, and Jacob Gray-Hart, earned tenth place in the state by designing landscapes for an area and maintaining plants. The Floriculture Team also represented Kuna well by excelling in plant identification and constructing arrangements to take eighth place. Members included Kasandra Anthony, Holly Barrus, Chelsea Dye, and Maegen Steinbach. Ross Blattner took fourth in Creed Speaking, a contest where members memorize and recite text embodying the importance of agriculture. Carli Ashley took third in Job Interview.
The Farm Business Management took second place as a team. On the team were Libby Reynolds, Rachel Gaige, and Brogan Moore and the first high individual, Yomar Arnold. The Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team, consisting of Mason Roberts, Annie Bass, Taylor Stephenson, Marilee Compher, Adam Drake, Joey Schiffer, and Shyla Flavel, took first place in the state. The Advanced Parliamentary Procedure Team also took first with members Henry Wilson, Kylie Hill, Eric Ball, Geri Mills, Makayla Berheim, Dustin Zabel as high chairman, and Macy Hagler as high secretary.
Members of the Kuna Chapter also participated in the convention outside of CDEs. Brandon Reed won first place in the chapter contest, with his wood and metal creation entitled “Welcome to Idaho”, which sold for $350 in the Idaho FFA Foundation Auction that took place at the convention. Geri Mills earned $500 for the Kuna FFA Chapter through implementation of her Nutrients For Life program, in which she helped teach elementary students about the importance of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. Libby Reynolds also competed as the Boise Valley District Star in Agricultural Placement, which she achieved through her local work experience in the agricultural industry.
Several members applied for proficiency awards for their supervised agricultural experiences, including Dustin Zabel with a silver and Megan Berheim with a gold in beef production, Makayla Berheim with a gold in Swine Production, Aaron Emmert with a gold in Diversified Crop Production, and Nancy Schiffer in the area of Agriscience Research as a state winner. KMN